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What is the best way to diagnose a worm problem in dogs?

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The best way to diagnose a worm problem is with a visit to the vet. Treatment depends on which type of worm your dog has, but generally includes an oral medication and may require follow-up. Don't try treating worms yourself: A medication that kills roundworms, for example, doesn't kill tapeworms.

From: 6 Most Common Dog Health Problems WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 10, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/10/2018

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: "What You Should Know About Internal Parasites in Cats and Dogs."

Veterinary Partner: "Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis, Pyotraumatic Dermatitis, Superficial Pyoderma," "Vomiting and Diarrhea," "Ear Infections (Otitis Externa)."

Healthy Pet: "Intestinal Parasites," "Un-Fun Facts About Fleas."

ASPCA: "Fleas," "Ear Infections," "Vomiting," "Diet to Prevent Diarrhea."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: "What You Should Know About Internal Parasites in Cats and Dogs."

Veterinary Partner: "Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis, Pyotraumatic Dermatitis, Superficial Pyoderma," "Vomiting and Diarrhea," "Ear Infections (Otitis Externa)."

Healthy Pet: "Intestinal Parasites," "Un-Fun Facts About Fleas."

ASPCA: "Fleas," "Ear Infections," "Vomiting," "Diet to Prevent Diarrhea."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 10, 2018

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